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Largest Countries without Deserts

Can you name the largest countries by area that don't have regions with a desert climate?
Source: Wikipedia
Last updated: February 16, 2018
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Area (sq km)
Country
2,344,858
D.R. Congo
1,910,931
Indonesia
752,612
Zambia
676,578
Myanmar
640,679
France
622,984
Central African Republic
603,500
Ukraine
513,120
Thailand
Area (sq km)
Country
462,840
Papua New Guinea
450,295
Sweden
406,752
Paraguay
377,930
Japan
357,114
Germany
343,448
Philippines
342,000
Republic of the Congo
338,424
Finland
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level 60
Feb 23, 2018
interesting!
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level 60
Feb 23, 2018
Agreed, I didn't get Paraguay until the last minute. There were some real surprises to me as far as larger countries that did NOT make this list.
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level 65
Jun 25, 2018
I can't believe that no part of the Paraguayan Chaco qualifies! I thought of it, but it's so dry that I thought there was no way it was worth putting in.
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level 28
Jun 26, 2018
your telling me Canada has desert?
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level 45
Jun 27, 2018
Okanagan Desert in BC.
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level 45
Aug 4, 2018
The arctic tundra is also classed as a cold desert.
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level 60
Feb 24, 2018
Actually, Japan has a very tiny desert: Tottori sand dunes.
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level 74
Feb 24, 2018
"Technically, it's not a desert (far too much rain)" http://japan.apike.ca/japan_tottori_sand_dunes.html
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level 56
Feb 26, 2018
where is it the brazilian desert?
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level 65
Feb 26, 2018
There are some very dry areas in northeastern Brazil, and apparently some areas are dry enough to have a desert climate!
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level 74
Jun 25, 2018
Brigadeiros?
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level 63
Jun 25, 2018
Definitely there are no deserts in Brazil, therefore the country should be on the list. The Brazilian northeast is semi-arid but not desert. Here is Wikipedia's definition of such climate: "A semi-arid climate or steppe climate is the climate of a region that receives precipitation below potential evapotranspiration, but not as low as a desert climate." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-arid_climate)
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level 65
Jun 25, 2018
I used this Wikipedia map as a source, and it shows small areas with a desert climate near the Sao Francisco river. I was surprised myself but, if you look at Google Maps, you can see it's really arid there indeed!
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level 63
Feb 27, 2018
Apparently there is such a thing as a semi-desert, which allows some surprises to make the list.
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level 65
Feb 28, 2018
It's true that not all of the countries missing have areas with the typical appearance of, let's say, the Sahara desert (huge sand dunes, no vegetation at all etc.). However, according to the most widely used climate classification system, they do have areas with a desert climate, essentially proper deserts. Indeed, you can see that this place in Canada, for example, is pretty much a desert, in spite of the scanty shrubs!
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level 75
Jun 25, 2018
Guhhhh. I guessed just about every South American country except the right one.
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level 59
Jun 25, 2018
Same here!
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level 71
Jun 25, 2018
and me!
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level 70
Jun 25, 2018
Never would have gotten Paraguay if I hadn't recently been there. Everything I saw was flat and grassy.
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level 48
Jun 25, 2018
DRC for Democratic Republic of the Congo is accepted, ROC for Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) isnt. Could ROC be made accepted as well?
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level 68
Jun 25, 2018
You can just enter 'Congo' - then you get 2 for 1!
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level 75
Jun 25, 2018
In Corsica, there a desert of Agriates in the north of the island.
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level 65
Jun 25, 2018
Despite the name, it's not really a desert, just the typical Mediterranean shrubland.
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level 41
Jun 25, 2018
Norway???
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level 65
Jun 25, 2018
The Wikipedia page listing all countries of the world by area gives a figure of 323,802 square km for Norway, but I just noticed they list Svalbard separately for some reason. This figure is used in other featured quizzes too though, so I'll leave it up to the Quizmaster.
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level 44
Jun 25, 2018
Wow. That's a really interesting quiz. Love it.
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level 77
Jun 25, 2018
I am just picturing the camel caravan crossing the sweltering Great Canadian Desert...
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level 57
Jun 25, 2018
Deserts are defined by dryness, not by heat. Antarctica is a desert. I would guess that parts of the far north of Canada qualify as desert as well.
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level 65
Jun 26, 2018
What about Turkey?
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level 65
Jul 2, 2018
There seems to be a desert area at the border with Iran, near Mt. Ararat.
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level 54
Jun 26, 2018
Philippines is 300000 sq km in area
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level 27
Jul 2, 2018
France is not bigger than Ukraine
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level 65
Jul 2, 2018
Metropolitan France isn't, but, considering all its territories, it is.
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level 44
Jul 19, 2018
Ωραίο κουίζ, Γιώργο!
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level 65
Nov 3, 2018
Ευχαριστώ πολύ! :)